Someone just forwarded to me an email that went (apparently) to all Appalachian State University faculty and staff from Chancellor Sheri Everts, urging everyone to vote for the "ConnectNC" bond issue that will be on March 15 primary ballot in North Carolina.
No offense, Chancellor Everts, but I intend to vote "NO."
Well, they will have to pay for it, but The Guv and his guys & gals in the General Assembly will do so by "reallocations" within the budget, moving more money out of education or other budget lines that don't much matter to them.
We'd like to see infrastructure projects of all kinds all over the state, but we'd also like to see honest revenue streams to pay for them. This bond is not honest in its hocus-pocus.
As Ned Gardner points out in the N&O, highway construction projects were originally included under ConnectNC (roads connect people -- get it?), but the General Assembly decided to pull out highway projects and actually fund them with a revenue stream. Who's supplying the revenue stream? You and I, with increased gas taxes and increased DMV fees (up by 30%).
Are you paying attention to what they're doing? While sheltering the very rich from any unnecessary tax "pain," they're shifting more and more of that pain onto the middle class while continuing to drain money out of vital government services, like public education.
Gov. Squishy's "no pain" $2 billion bond issue is a dishonest shell game, and Chancellor Everts is being "had." (And what ever happened to that "no political campaigning" on the university's time and equipment rule? Anne Marie Yates and Nathan Miller might want to make a public records request!)